Scuffle after assault row
WRONGLY accused of assaulting a woman, a Frome teenager punched her brother in the face when he tried to remonstrate with him.
Barber William Gary John Holt became involved in a scuffle with the other man and after they fell to the floor the assault took place, Somerset Magistrates were told.
The 19-year-old, of Styles Close, pleaded guilty to assaulting Jamie Rush by beating him during the incident at Frome on February 12.
Prosecutor Emma Chetland said the defendant was drinking in Bar 11 when Mr Rush came up to him and accused him of hitting his sister.
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"Holt knew this had not happened and they then grabbed each other and fell to the floor," she said.
"He then punched Mr Rush once to the face and fell over and later admitted to the police that it had been excessive and went beyond self defence.
"He maintained that he did not kick him or assault him any more than the one punch."
She added that the victim sustained a bruise to his left eye, a bloody nose and his shirt was also damaged.
Louise Eaves, defending, said Holt regretted what happened that evening and had lost his good character as a result. He worked as a self-employed barber and had also worked as a part-time football referee.
She said: "He is a decent young man who is absolutely mortified at being before the court."
Holt was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. No order was made for compensation.